Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Updates:

NEW: EHV-1 Quarantine in Alameda County

March 31, 2020: One additional horse, a 15-year-old Warmblood gelding, displaying fever but no neurological signs, has been confirmed positive for EHV-1. The horse has been isolated with additional biosecurity measures put in place. The index mare has tested negative twice seven days apart and has been released from her individual quarantine. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

March 27, 2020: One additional horse, an 18-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, displaying fever but no neurological signs, has been confirmed positive for EHV-1. The horse has been isolated with additional biosecurity measures put in place. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

March 23, 2020: No new cases have been reported. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

March 18, 2020: No new cases or compatible clinical signs have been reported. CDFA was onsite to assess biosecurity and continues to monitor the situation.

March 16, 2020: A 14-year-old Pony mare in Alameda County displaying neurologic signs has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. The mare has been isolated and quarantined at a veterinary hospital.  Forty-four (44) exposed horses on the home premise have been quarantined with enhanced biosecurity measures including twice daily temperature monitoring. CDFA was onsite March 14 to evaluate the situation. All potentially exposed horses have been traced and contacted. Any horse displaying clinical signs or a temperature over 101.5F shall be reported to the veterinarian for evaluation and potential nasal swab and blood sampling. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

Quarantine RELEASED: EHV-1 Quarantine in Santa Barbara County

February 5, 2020: All positive horses on the quarantined premise have had two (2) negative tests seven (7) days apart. The quarantine has been released. There are no EHV quarantines currently in the state of California.

January 28, 2020: The two exposed horses on the premises have both received their first negative test.  Once an additional negative test is obtained at least seven (7) days apart, the horses and the premises will be released from quarantine. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

January 22, 2020: An exposed horse on the quarantined Santa Barbara premise has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. The aged miniature horse gelding displayed a fever and is recovering. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

January 17, 2020: An exposed horse on the quarantined Santa Barbara premise has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. The 6-year-old Quarter Horse mare displayed mild neurologic signs and is recovering. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

January 10, 2020: A 21-year-old Quarter Horse gelding in Santa Barbara County displaying neurologic signs and fever has been confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1. On January 9, 2020 the gelding was euthanized due to severity of signs. The index premises with two remaining horses has been quarantined with requirements for enhanced biosecurity measures including twice daily temperature monitoring. There has been no recent movement of horses on or off the property. CDFA will continue to monitor the situation.